LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not as impressive as lump of coal. Where the stout was simplistic, the porter is more complex. More hoppy but Iím not one for hoppy beers.
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
fun label, fun name....i like porters, but this was overly thin and overly roasty. more thick chocolate malt might have rescued this beer, but as it is itís rather plain. itís got a bit of wintery spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, etc) but still only really worth drinking once.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep brown with a small head. Smells better than it tastes. Aroma is chocolate and toast, slightly smoky. Flavor is a weakened version of the aroma, though there is significant and somewhat unusual in the style hop presence. It seems as though this beer is literally watered down, like there is a nice beer that got thinned out. For all the water, It seems Santa got an enema.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rich and warming... warming maybe, but not too rich. This is a dark reddish-brown to black porter with a sizeable but shrinking head that mostly dissapears after a few minutes. The aromas are of a curious blend of tart and roast- perhaps toffee would describe it and this follows in the flavor. It is well balanced in terms of sweetness although I would prefer more roast and bitterness. The fruity/toffee flavor I find distracting, but overall a good porter
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 17, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
There is a slight roasted aroma. The color is a deep brown with a small tan head. There is a roasted flavor to the beer but not much of a finish on the palate.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark and clear with a little ruby-redness under light; quickly fading head. Soft and medium bodied (though, a little syrupy, making it seem heavier at times), with a mildish carbonation. Mellow roast throughout; some burnt toast; other notes of cocoa, caramel and a faint aroma of hazelnut coffee. Alcohol nips in a little here and there. A healthy amount of grassy hops seem to surface sporadically. Bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste along with some sour milk. At first I thought it might be too sweet, and then I thought it might be too bitter. While trying to figure this all out in my mind, I realized that there isnít much else was going on with this beer.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. Dark opaque hue. Tan head with a fruitcake, plummy aroma. Then mocha and chocolate. Caramel and nutty. Not too heavy in the mouth and the sweet notes are dominant. Bitter chocolate and caramel flavors. Coffee and anise. Effervescent and lively. Smooth finish. An enjoiable taste, although it does seem light in the mouth. It redeems itself in the great roasted flavor of the malts.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours dark brown/black with a quickly fading beige head (ruby red when held up to light). Aroma has notes of roasted malt and brett. Flavor has notes of barnyard, roasted malt, acidity, wild yeast, chocoalate and mocha. I donít necessarily think this infected because it wasnít a gusher and although the carbonation is lively, itís not insanely harsh or prickly. I canít say that I enjoy the brett character in this brew.
Suttree (6052) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black, or at least really dark brown. Aroma of cinnamon and Mr. Pibb. Flavor is cola and spice, with a hint of coffee, plus maybe some nutmeg. Crisp peppery finish, with hint of oak and pepper.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
An aggressive pour produce about a quarter inch of beige head that faded to whisps and a ring in less then 30 seconds. Nearly opaque. There are some garnet hues on the edges when held to light. Fruity yeast character, milk chocolate, mild roast, in the nose. The aroma characteristics carry over to the flavor. Palate is medium full. Rolls over the tongue with little evidences of carbonation. Puckering. Finishes sort of dry. Overall it just kind of and ordinary beer. Not worth the $4.99 price tag. Cool bottle though.